Bonhams | Rare British motorcycles head to Autumn Stafford Sale on the 15th and 16th October

Ex-Texaco Heron Team Suzuki,1976 Suzuki RG500 XR14

Rare British motorcycles head to Bonhams Stafford Sale on the 15th and 16th October with the Croft-Cameron Super Eight leading an exceptional line-up of vintage, classic and racing machines.


1924 Croft-Cameron 996cc Super Eight – estimate £160,000-200,000


‘Look! Speedmen, Hard Riders, and all such Sportsmen. At last you have the Ideal of your dreams. The Croft Anzani “Super Eight”.’ – Croft Cameron (The Motor Cycle, March 1923)


The Croft-Cameron Super Eight ranks among the super-sports big twins of the 1920s and ‘30s. The Coventry based Croft Cameron company enjoyed a short but sweet existence between 1923 and 1926, producing striking and powerful machines for the very top of the market. This rare example of their design, which debuted in 1923, is estimated at £160,000-200,000.

James Stensel, Head of Bonhams Collectors’ Motorcycles says: ‘Our motorcycle dedicated sales are synonymous with the world’s finest machines of yesteryear. This autumn’s sale has attracted some truly remarkable entries including an exceedingly rare Croft-Cameron Super Eight with elegant lines and sporting prowess – a potent machine in the right hands.

Bonhams brings several other fantastic super sport twins to the Stafford Sale. These include the 1925 Zenith 981cc Super 8 (estimate £28,000-34,000) featuring a JAP KTCY 4 cam engine from a Brough Superior SS80/100 and a 1937 Brough Superior 1,096cc 11-50hp Motorcycle Combination (estimate £55,000-65,000), first owned by the Sheffield Police.


1907 Vindec Special 5hp & Graham Brothers Sidecar, estimate £30,000-40,000


More than 230 lots are set to cross the Bonhams auction block. These comprise no fewer than 20 veterans, including the 1907 Vindec Special 5hp & Graham Brothers Sidecar (estimate £30,000-40,000) – a rare and striking survivor of a little-known German maker that regularly draws the attention of collectors and enthusiasts across the UK.



The ex-works, NCR, Sports Motor Cycles, Roger Nicholls, Isle of Man TT Formula 1, 1977 Ducati 905cc Production Racing Motorcycle (estimate £55,000-75,000).


Also up for auction is the ‘exceptionally rare’ ex-works, NCR, Sports Motor Cycles, Roger Nicholls, Isle of Man TT Formula 1, 1977 Ducati 905cc Production Racing Motorcycle (estimate £55,000-75,000) and a ‘meticulously restored’ Ex-Texaco Heron Team Suzuki, 1976 Suzuki RG500 XR14 Racing Motorcycle previously owned by Grand Prix rider Rob Bron (estimate £45,000-55,000).

1948 Vincent-HRD 998cc Series-B/C Black Shadow (estimate £50,000-60,000)


Amongst the Vincents on offer is a 1947 Vincent 998cc Rapide Series-B (estimate £38,000-45,000), a unique chance to secure what is believed to be the oldest complete and original post-war Vincent in existence, whilst the 1948 Vincent-HRD 998cc Series-B/C Black Shadow (estimate £50,000-60,000) is one of just 76 Series B Black Shadows produced, putting it on a par with the series A Rapide in terms of rarity

Ben Walker, Bonhams International Departmental Director says: ‘With such a diverse array of entries, we look forward to welcoming the international crowd to Stafford for what is set to be a memorable event’. 

Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale takes place Sunday 16 October at The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Staffordshire County Showground. Public viewing 10:00-17:00 Saturday 15 October and from 09:00 Sunday 16 October.


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Shop | Gubelin Triple calendar moonphase 18kt oversize Automatic 1950 ca


Gubelin triple calendar moonphase with rare gold case 18kt oversize 39mmautomatic movement, screw back case, original two-tone dial, completely original in mint condition, 1950 ca.

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The Bonhams Motoring Department enjoyed a sensational run of sales in September, selling more than 85% by lot and 89% by value. The five sales held during the month achieved more than £30,500,000.

The four auction sales – The Beaulieu Sale: Collectors’ Motor Cars, Motorcycles and Automobilia; The Chantilly Sale; Goodwood Revival; and The Robert White Collection (which also included cameras and watches) – offered more than 1,300 lots. These ranged from rare Lalique car mascots, motorcycles from the 1920s, to a 1956 Porsche 550 Spyder which sold for £4,593,500 at Goodwood Revival, setting a new world record price at auction for this model.

Across the four auctions, 600 new customers registered to bid at a Bonhams auction for the first time – a substantial increase from last year. Moreover, there were 165 first-time buyers at Bonhams who paid a total of £10,900,000, accounting for more than a third of the total spend (£28,489,133) for the four sales.

In addition, there was the Willi Balz public tender sale – a first for Bonhams – that concluded on 27 September. This sale received 380 bids from 104 bidders totalling in excess of €2,400,000.

Bonhams Group Head of Motoring, James Knight, commented, “The results for September were very promising. It is particularly encouraging to see such a significant increase in new bidders and first-time buyers. This demonstrates that we are curating sales with the right mix of lots with estimates at a level to stimulate interest and encourage competitive bidding. I would also add that I don’t think there is another motoring department in an auction house that has the capacity and strength in depth to handle successfully the sheer volume and diversity of lots spread over five sales, in four weeks, in three countries. We now look forward to the autumn and winter series of sales.”

Bonhams’ other luxury departments also had a very positive start to the autumn round of sales.  Fine Jewellery in Bond Street made £6.5million, with a fancy intense blue diamond selling for £2,322,500. In the Robert White Collection Sale, a very rare and fine 18K gold George Daniels limited series manual wind instantaneous calendar wristwatch far exceeded its pre-sale estimate of £70,000-100,000 to sell for a world-record £225,000.

Forthcoming Bonhams Motoring Sales: October – December 2016

10 October. The Zoute Sale, Belgium

16 October. The Autumn Stafford Sale of Important Collectors Motorcycles

4 November. The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run Sale

4 December. The Bond Street Sale

8 December. The December Sale: Collectors’ Motor Cars, Motorcycles and Automobilia. Olympia

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Shop | A Wonderful Omega Speedmaster Ref. 2998-62 for sale


Omega Speedmaster Ref. 2998-62Alpha hands, completely original, bracelet mark 62 Ref. 7912 6 ends, original bezel base 500, movement Calibre 321 serial. Watch in outstanding condition.

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Shop | Triton Spirotechnique the Jacque Cousteau Watch


The Triton Spirotechnique is one of these watches which were used by the famous Jacques Cousteau, along with the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, the Omega Seamaster Ploprof, and some less known watches such as the Aquastar. The Triton, born in early 60s, 37 mm case and the tipical crown at 12. Spirotechnique was the name of a supplier of diving stuff such as watches, compasses, depth gauge. The equivalent of US Divers, for France.

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Jacque Cousteau

Shop | For sale the “Fab Four” Asymmetrical Military Chronographs Royal Air Force


Per oltre un decennio, quattro società – Hamilton, CWC, Newmark, e Precista – fornirono quattro robusti, cronografi ad uso militare per la Royal Air Force (RAF). I loro classico quadrante nero a due registri, un movimento “pluri decorato” come il Valjoux 7733 e il design asimmetrico della cassa ne fanno oggi una preda ambita tra i collezionisti.

Nei primi anni ’70, mentre gli Stati Uniti tenevano alta la guardia grazie al conflitto nel sud-est asiatico e la guerra fredda, il governo britannico era in stava per intraprendere una politica più economica per dimensioni e costo delle forze armate. Come parte di queste misure di austerità, il Ministero della Difesa inglese rivide alcuni standard caratteristici della progettazione di orologi piloti militari.

Questo cambiamento ha fatto si che le case orologiere prendessero in considerazione uno dei classici movimenti “cavallo di battaglia” degli anni 1970: il Valjoux 7733. Questo movimento e il design unico delle casse di questi orologi ne fecero uno standard militare durante gli anni ’70 e nei primi anni ’80 prima di essere sostituiti dagli ancor meno costosi cronografi al quarzo. Oltre al movimento quello che non cambia tra questi cronometri è l’asimmetria del cassa. Un elemento di design destinato a proteggere la corona e i pulsanti da urti accidentali durante l’uso. Per questa caratteristica fondamentale sono noti come “cronografi asimmetrici”.

Per quanto concerne le marcature militari sui fondelli esse descrivono: il numero di serie, l’organismo militare emittente, l’anno di emissione e il numero di emissione individuale. Nel nostro caso i quattro esemplari sono appartenuti alla RAF.

  • 0552 – Royal Navy (RN)
  • 6BB – Royal Air Force (RAF)
  • 6645-99 – Royal Australian Navy (RAN)

Hamilton è stato la prima casa a realizzare questi orologi, con esemplari a partire dal 1970. CWC ha iniziato la produzione nel 1973, mentre Newmark hai iniziato nel 1980 e Precista nel 1981.


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Shop | The CWC Quartz Diver – Royal British Navy watch 1983


The CWC Quartz Diver was first issued for the Royal British Navy in 1983 replacing the CWC automatic model. Initial movement was the 7 Jewel ETA 555.112. A truly superb timepiece, replaced the Rolex submariner issued watch in the early 80s (the Cabot Watch Company auto divers watch was issued for a year or two in the early 80s). Quartz movement, water resistant to 30 atmospheres, 300m. Screw back case. Now on the shop.


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